Dow wins four 2020 Sustainability Awards from Business Intelligence Group
Midland, Mich. – September 15, 2020 – Dow (NYSE: DOW) today announced it has received four sustainability awards from the Business Intelligence Group (BIG) for breakthrough sustainable innovations, sustainable initiatives, and outstanding leadership. BIG’s sustainability awards honor those who have made sustainability an integral part of their business practice.
“It is great that the Business Intelligence Group is again recognizing Dow people and our innovative products. Dow’s innovation engine continues to deliver breakthrough technologies that meet our customers’ performance needs, while simultaneously being sustainable and delivering solutions for the world’s toughest challenges,” said A.N. Sreeram, senior vice president of Research and Development and chief technology officer for Dow. “Our scientists and engineers use unique-to-the-world capabilities, such has High Throughput Research (HTR), digitalization, analytical method, to deliver market-driven, more sustainable solutions.”
Mary Draves, vice president of Environment, Health and Safety, and chief sustainability officer for Dow, added, “Sustainability is a driving force in today’s global economy. As part of our 2025 Sustainability Goals, our teams are working hard to advance our focus areas of Circular Economy, Climate Protection and Safer Materials. We’re grateful for the recognition of our efforts from Business Intelligence Group.”
Dow programs, partnerships and products receiving awards this year include:
Sustainability Initiative of the Year:
- Dow's Carbon Partnership with the International Olympic Committee – This unique partnership between Dow and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is driven by a shared vision of advancing sustainability through the power of sport as a movement and a platform. It was purposefully designed to accelerate the adoption of lower-carbon technologies across various industries and offset the IOC’s operational footprint, enabling the IOC to become a carbon neutral organization. Within this global program, Dow manages the program, provides materials science innovation and carbon expertise through regionally tailored ‘carbon projects’ with value chain partners across several sectors including built environment, food & packaging and manufacturing & energy. The projects under this program are designed to reduce emissions and deliver third-party verified climate benefits. In 2019, the global portfolio of projects delivered 655,000 tonnes of CO2e reductions increasing the total for the three programs with Sochi 2014, Rio 2016 and the IOC to 5 million tonnes CO2e since 2013.
Sustainability Champion of the Year (Non-executive):
- Dr. Nicoletta Piccolrovazzi, global technology and sustainability director, Dow Olympic & Sports Solutions – Dr. Piccolrovazzi was instrumental in establishing the carbon mitigation platform implemented by Dow on behalf of Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Organizing Committees which then expanded globally when Dow became the Official Carbon Partner of the IOC. This unique collaboration program leverages the platform of sport and the power of science to play a catalytic role in the adoption of more sustainable technologies for a positive climate legacy. The portfolio of carbon mitigation projects implemented under Nicoletta’s leadership delivered new efficiencies and value for Dow businesses as well as reduced carbon footprints along industry value chains. Recognized for her leadership in climate action, Nicoletta was named a member of the IOC’s Sustainability & Legacy Commission.
Dr. Piccolrovazzi also co-leads Dow’s 2025 Sustainability Goal to Advance a Circular Economy, working with businesses across Dow to develop successful approaches that embed circular economy principles into business strategies, collaborates on new business models for value chain transformation and builds knowledge on the topic across the organization. Nicoletta also oversees a global volunteering initiative that raises awareness of the issue of waste in the environment at Dow. The “Pulling Our Weight” program mobilized 18,000 volunteers and collected 175,000 lbs. of waste during 174 clean-up events across the globe in 2019.
Sustainability Products of the Year:
- Dow for ECOFAST Pure – ECOFAST™ Pure Sustainable Textile Treatment addresses key sustainability challenges in the industry–including water quality and water consumption–by reducing process chemicals by up to 90% and water use by up to 50% in the cotton dyeing process.
- Dow’s SunSpheres™ BIO SPF Booster is a bio-based and readily biodegradable SPF booster that enables greater SPF efficiency in sun care and daily wear SPF products. Derived from Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) -certified wood pulp the innovative SPF booster delivers myriad benefits by reducing dependence on UV actives and enabling aesthetically pleasing formulations. It works with both organic and inorganic UV filters.
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